From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : ICEDASH & ATITHI Initiatives
Mains level : Various Digital India initiatives
- Union Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs unveiled two new IT initiatives – ICEDASH and ATITHI.
- ICEDASH is an Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) monitoring dashboard of the Indian Customs helping public see the daily Customs clearance times of import cargo at various ports and airports.
- With ICEDASH, Indian Customs has taken a lead globally to provide an effective tool that helps the businesses compare clearance times across ports and plan their logistics accordingly.
- This dashboard has been developed by CBIC in collaboration with NIC.
- ICEDASH can be accessed through the CBIC website.
- With ATITHI mobile app, CBIC has introduced an easy to use mobile app for international travelers to file the Customs declaration in advance.
- Passengers can use this app to file declaration of dutiable items and currency with the Indian Customs even before boarding the flight to India.
- ATITHI would in particular create a tech savvy image of India Customs and would encourage tourism and business travel to India.